Village News

Dinnerware Donations?

Our kindergarten and middle school buddies are seeking place setting donations.

Do you have any spare cutlery, cloth napkins, cups, bowls or dishes to contribute? They don’t need to match — any extra pieces you have would be great!

Drop them off in the collection bins outside of Miss Malika’s room or Mrs. Montrose and Mr. Robbins’ room any time before October 3rd (the Tuesday before the Hoedown).


VCS Weekly Bulletin - September 15, 2017

Photos featured in this bulletin are of Ms. Barnum's students who got to try out some old-fashioned washboards on Thursday!

Have something for the Voices? Send it to: Shaina at or

Dates at a Glance

Monday, September 18, 3:15pm-4:30pm - Girls on the Run Begins - Meet in Multi Use Rm #23
Tuesday, September 19, 5pm-6pm. -  Parent Meeting. Miss Ashley’s, Rm 25 - Details below.
Wednesday, September 27 to Wednesday October 4 – Parent/Teacher Conferences Week (All Minimum Days!) Make sure to sign up!
Friday, October 6, 8am-9am - Coffee Chat - PA sponsored Coffee Morning
Friday, October 6, 5pm-8pmHoedown - Follow link for details
Wednesday, October 11, 1pm-2:15pm - PA Meeting - Details to come
Friday, October 13 - No School
Monday, October 16 - No School
Friday, November 3 – Dia de Los Muertos – Time to be confirmed

Parent Meeting

Let's not forget Miss Ashley is having having her first Parent meeting on Tuesday September 19th, from 5-6pm in her classroom.  Ash will be there if you need childcare for this meeting, the cost is $5 per child and is available for children who are 4 years or older. 


Emma is available to provide on-site tutoring on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00. Her rate is $30 an hour, which is flexible depending on the subject(s). You can reach her at


NEW Science Kits for Village Kids!

Village has been donated a few science kits that can be adapted to multiple ages [thank you to Ella and Micah's Nana, Jennifer (Retired, Lead, Science Coordinator for Pasadena Unified School District)].  These kit have lessons plans that can last all year-long!

These kits can be taught in your child's classroom under three conditions:
1. Your teacher agrees (So far, Miss. Barnum has agreed to all three and Middle School to Geology)
2. You have been trained on the curriculum
3. You check out the materials (some consumables may be to be replaced if this becomes popular) from library/computer lab.

If you are interested in becoming trained and missed the opportunities today (Friday, 9/15) then there is still the option of a future training done by Lauren, let her know if you are interested, please RSVP by email to Lauren:

Order Yearbooks!

If you order your 2017/2018 VCS Yearbook early, you can get a special early bird discount!
The completed yearbooks will be delivered no later than the last Monday of the school year (6/04/18).

(Regular Price: $20.00)
August 31st - September 30th = 15% Discount
October 1st - October 31st = 10% Discount
November 1st - November 30th = 5% Discount

Follow this link to place your order!

Donations & Volunteer Support

There are soooo many PLEASE Read!!!


Have you been volunteering on campus?  Are you remembering to sign in at the office?  Please do!  Not only is the PA tracking these hours, but it is also helps the office in case of an emergency situation to account for everybody who is on campus.

Science Project

Mr. Robbins is looking for empty, plastic water bottles that our families might have laying around. The middle school needs a few dozen for materials in a science project on the human heart. If our families have any such bottles that they were planning on recycling, he would be thrilled. What a great way to recycle those single-use, usually-disposable kind that clutter up landfills!


Do you have an outdated digital camera collecting dust? We would like to give it new life! Used point-and-shoot digital cameras with rechargeable lithium batteries and matching chargers, SD cards (any size), and appropriately sized USB cables would all be useful to us.

We also have an AA-battery operated camera which needs rechargeable AA batteries and a battery charger.

Additionally, if you yourself take any photos at school events, on field trips, or even of just regular campus activities and classwork, please email them to any time throughout the school year, or drop them off in person on a memory card, flash drive, or CD.

Carpentry Class

Miss Kristen and Rebecca are seeking wood and tool donations for our new carpentry and wood-projects elective with the middle school class.  We are excited to get this class up and running, making something useful or fixing things around here at Village!

Currently they are looking for some small and large items, if you can help with any of these let Kristen know.

  • Tape Measures
  • Carpentry Squares
  • Saw Horses
  • Chop Saw &/or Circular Saw (even if these items are just borrowed for a few days and returned it would be helpful) 


We'd appreciate donations of your time and expertise, as well!   Please send any potential offers of donation or questions to Miss Kristen at  Thank you!

Outdoor Play

Malika is looking for old half wine barrels, and also plastic gutters, tubes and fittings (pvc) type material. Her dream is to use these for the children to make ramps and runs for water or marbles or things like that. This would be an outside activity and her hope  is for the children to be able to build and take them apart over and over again.

If you can help with  any of the above please let her know, she would love to hear from you.

Yard Duty

Come play! We are looking for parents to do yard duty, to play with the kids during recess! Let us know when you're available and if you'd like to do recess. Must attend a brief training and be fingerprinted.  A sign-up sheet will be available on the Board outside the office. (If you went through this training previously, you can take a refresher course or start immediately.)


If there is anything you as a parent would/could contribute either this fall or in the spring we would love to hear about it, contact Lauren, at and let her know.


It's not too late to sign up, there are still 12 sessions to go! Join the fun! Wear the old timey costumes and sing along to all new 1800's songs! $5 per sessions  (payable to Miss Barnum). Thursdays 3:15-4:15pm.

YMCA Preschool  - Survey For Infant Program

The YMCA Preschool has asked if our parents would take a survey so they can collect interest about a potential infant program. Please take a minute of your time to take a look.


A Note From The PA

Thank you to all the wonderful families who came to our first PA meeting.  I have to say it was a bit daunting to follow in Lauren's footsteps, but Crisarlin managed to keep me on track.I also felt like we covered a lot of information and were able to get things done. What I enjoyed most was seeing the New and Returning families mingling and making connections. I am looking forward to our next meeting.

Catherine Carlisle & Crisarlin Vázquez
PA Co-Chairs


Rainy Weather

Fall weather is finally on its way! We have several extra pairs of rain boots available at school. You can inquire in the office if they are needed.

A reminder per the handbook: Every day our children go outside, rain or shine. Children may get wet and sometimes muddy. It is important that they have appropriate rain gear. Every child should have a hooded rain jacket and rubber boots. There will be a space in every classroom for rain gear to be kept at school.



Reminder to sign up with eScript and AmazonSmile, easy ways to earn $$$ for our school!



Have an appreciation you wish to make? You can email it in by Friday morning or just stop by the office and drop off a note in the orange Appreciation Jar and it will get added to the next Bulletin.

I appreciate all the teachers for all the hard work they put into the beginning of the year. We love you!

Thank you Catherine & Crisarlin for rocking the PA meeting! Thank you, Parents, who have stepped up to help the PA in our many efforts. Thank you to the kiddos, also, who were so patient during the meeting. - Deneene

I want to give a big thank you to Catherine, for being so helpful and welcoming during my first week on the PA. You have made this transition fun! -Shaina

A big thank you to Miss Malika and Miss Kaylie, for making my daughter’s first few weeks of Kindergarten so magical. -Shaina

Thank you to all the new parents who are getting involved in helping making our Village continue to be a wonderful place for our children. - Anonymous

Thank you to all teacher, staff and parents for making us feel welcome! - Anonymous



VCS Hoedown

Friday, October 6, 2017

Put your hoe down and come dance with your children at the VCS Hoedown, on Friday, October 6 from 5:30-8:00 pm in the NWP Multi-purpose Room. Click for flyer!

Bring a wholesome potluck dish to share (click here for Potluck Guidelines), your stomping boots, and your best yee-haw! Come enjoy this year's first big community event and beloved VCS tradition!

Volunteer help is requested and needed for this event. Please sign up at the PA Meeting this Wednesday 9/13 at 1:00 pm in the Libary.  If you can't make the meeting you can still help out, sign up in the office.  Can you help with decorations white twinkle lights, pumpkins, sunflower and harvest items (please do NOT purchase them, only if you have them available) OR any of the jobs before, during and after the activity!

History of the Hoedown

Why a Hoedown, you might ask? Well, first, if you've been before, you know it's TONS OF FUN!  But it's more than that. It's a full experience of connecting our children to long-time traditions and cultural history. One of the premiere dance callers in Northern California spends time during the day with each of the classes teaching traditional line dances and teaching the history and the meaning of the dances and the music. It's a day full of anticipation. And finally, it's a chance for us to dance with our children and share in what they've learned! It is always a knee-slappin', foot-stompin' good time with tons of smiles and lots of laughter.

See you there!


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